Craig Harris/Macon County Times Lafayette's Works In Progress Daycare Center will remain open as it goes through an appeals process after its license was revoked.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Lafayette's Works In Progress Daycare Center will remain open as it goes through an appeals process after its license was revoked.

Although the Child Care Agency Board of Review upheld a license revocation for Works In Progress Daycare Center on April 17, the facility will remain open as the appeals process continues.

"Works In Progress has filed a motion to stay the revocation order from earlier this month, and it will be allowed to stay open until that hearing is held," Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) Press Secretary Sky Arnold said. "That hearing has been set for May 8 at 1 p.m."

Arnold added that the center filed an additional motion for reconsideration with the Child Care Agency Board of Review, with that hearing's date still to be determined.

"If the board denies the stay (of the revocation), they'd have to close once the order is entered," Arnold said. "However, the order may not happen the same day of the hearing if the stay is denied."

The revocation order for Works In Progress was placed on April 22, five days after the initial hearing. The center would have been forced to close on April 30 if the decision had not been appealed.

"Ultimately, they can also appeal the decision in chancery court," Arnold said. "There may be some legal element that would allow them to go to an appeals court, but (chancery court) is what we'd expect to be a final appeal."

Works In Progress Director Stacie Ritchie did not return requests for comment, but she previously told the Macon County Times that the center's top priority is maintaining its childcare license.

The TDHS initial decision to revoke the license is based on 35 violations found during visits dating back to January of 2014, including an incident involving former employee Ashley Centers' arrest after allegedly abusing children at the center.

A record of those violations and the steps taken to correct them can be found on the TDHS website.

Currently, an estimated 130 students enrolled at Works In Progress and their families could be impacted by the potential closure.